Ask the Pastor 23
Are Miracles Possible?
By definition, a miracle is that which intervenes or disrupts the regular course of natural events. In our universe we see that there are certain things that happen according to natural laws, there is the law of gravity, what goes up comes back down. In order to keep from falling down and in order to fly, one must use other natural laws and produce an airplane. We also know the law of cause and effect, that for every effect there is a cause and the cause is always greater than the effect. Since we live in this natural world and see natural law at work in our everyday lives, we tend to think that natural law is immutable, it cannot be changed. This means that the ultimate cause for every effect is contained within nature. If this is true then we can say that there is no God because you do not need God when nature is its own effect. We have already seen how this is not possible because there is no evidence that nature is able to produce itself, there must be a greater uncaused cause to bring about nature in the first place. This being true, it follows that this same uncaused cause could interrupt nature and do something contrary to what is usual. Once we accept that there is a God, Who is superior to nature, then we know that miracles are possible and have been empirically demonstrated many times. The greatest miracle of all is when a totally depraved sinner turns away from the natural inclination to be against God and turns to place their trust in Him and then become a whole new person.
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